Intensive management of any soil takes its toll on the abundant population of beneficial soil organisms. Biodiversity and actual biomass declines and soil structure is badly affected by repeated management interventions. Pore spaces reduce with an attendant reduction of gaseous exchange, valuable organic carbon is oxidised and compaction begins to increase. As a result of this process, soils become anaerobic, susceptible to erosion and favour the dominance of pathogens in the feeble biosphere that remains. Water loss through runoff and gravitational losses increase and nutrients are lost with the water. The crop under management expends more vital energy just trying to maintain its normal functions.
Modern soil science is experiencing a profound new influx of helpful information about the nature of soil ecology that will yield many answers enabling industry to address the causes of soil problems and work toward achieving sustained improvement. AgriSense products help you to begin working on the causes underlying soil decline, by rehabilitating and restoring the soil’s biological diversity.
Compost is one of the most potent tools available to begin restoring worn out soil. Put simply compost is organic matter populated by certain aerobically grown organisms. As these organisms grow they release metabolic heat and useful by-products. These organisms rely on the right particle size, temperature, moisture and oxygen level to grow into a richly diverse community. These factors also influence the makeup of the community determining whether it is a bacterial or fungal dominated compost. Good compost will:
- Reduce foliar & soil disease pressure
- Improve soil structure & reduce compaction
- Increase nutrient cycling & retention
- Enhance moisture infiltration & retention
- Stimulate root growth
- Optimise crop health, yields & returns
- Provide natural protection from disease
- Breakdown salts & chemical residues l
- Increase Cation Exchange (CEC) & pH buffering
The best composts are highly diverse in their microbial populations and have high concentrations of beneficial organisms. A good compost will inoculate the soil with billions of dynamic organisms providing an ongoing source of nourishment. Pathogens are dislodged, predated and inhibited by a vast host that will inevitably out compete them for space in the soil profile. Consequently, crops grown with composts will eventually out produce those that are not and require less nutrient supplementation, protective interventions and water for a superior quality and quantity of crop return.
AgriSense has sourced one of the best composts available to supply microbe-rich active organic matter to the soil as a means of improving soil tilth and nutrient status. We call this simply Premium Compost. It is a rich blend of composted poultry manure, worm castings, natural fertilisers like fish meal, seaweed, blood and bone and rock minerals with and exceptionally high and diverse population of beneficial biology.
AgriSense Premium Compost has a useful NPK and well and truly exceeds the rigorous independent testing standard required by the Soil Foodweb institute, guaranteeing a diverse and biologically potent soil additive with a broad and useful range of trace minerals.
AgriSense Premium Compost provides an invaluable adjunct to a fertiliser program. It can be used for turf, landscape, on professionally managed recreational turf surfaces or for large scale soil remediation in municipal sports fields, flower beds, roadside reserves or orchards and vineyards. Application rates vary with soil texture but can be between 4 and 12 cubic metres per hectare. We are available to test soil and leaf chemistry and biology in order to assist you in determining the most effective program available for your enterprise.
Biological Test Results (Soil Foodweb Institute)
|Test||Active Bacterial||Total Bacterial||Active Fungal||Total Fungal||Hyphal Diameter|
|µg/g compost||µg/g compost||µg/g compost||µg/g compost||µm|
Chemical Test Results (Environmental Analysis Laboratory)
|pH 1:5 Water||5.44|
|Conductivity 1:5 Water||7.26 dS/m|
The Principal of AgriSense is a Certified Soil Foodweb Advisor Your guarantee of the highest quality and most current practical advice in the field of applied soil ecology. Marc Percival: Mobile 0409 185680 Fax/Office (02) 6655 1394